Who we are

St Winifred’s is a warm and lively church with a mix of different service and worship styles. Traditional Anglican liturgy is complemented by contemporary music and a varied pattern of services.

Each month, we offer two Holy Communion services, a shorter Morning Worship service and a Parade service, when our uniformed groups are present.

All church services begin at 11.15am unless otherwise stated.

What we believe

The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Our team

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Paula Preston

Acting Team Rector
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Paula moved into the Parish in the spring of 2016 having served in 2 churches in a Cambridge parish for the previous 4 years. Earlier in her working life she has been a nurse and a secretary.

Based in Chigwell Row, Paula has a special interest in building up the work among children, young people and families in the churches and is delighted to be part of a dedicated team across The Parish. She loves being out and about in the community.

Originally from St. Albans Paula still has a lot of close family in Hertfordshire. When not relaxing with family and friends she enjoys swimming, walking and cooking. She is married to Paul and together they enjoy regular visits to the theatre and a wide variety of live music.

Elise Peterson

Team Curate
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Elise arrived in Chigwell in 2016 after completing the academic part of her training at Cranmer Hall in Durham, which felt like returning home as she previously lived in Buckhurst Hill. Originally from America, Elise moved to the UK in autumn 2013 believing that God was calling her to ministry in the U.K. She now considers herself an Ameri-Brit, as England feels very much like home, but she knows she’ll never lose her American roots (or accent!)

Elise has a deep love for God’s Church and says it is where she feels most alive and in her element. She also has a passion for discipleship and helping people to understand how a life lived following Christ is the best life you can live.

Elise enjoys walking in the gorgeous England countryside and hiking in the mountains (when she can get to them!), reading a good novel or mystery, travelling around the British Isles and Europe, dabbling in gardening, hosting a good dinner party, and simply spending time with friends and family.